Started by two sisters in 1991, Moko Market Café & Store is a concept space that combines bohemian interior design with local café culture. Currently expanded to two locations, the original store is a creative hodgepodge of vintage pieces, South Asian furniture, and decor items perfect for hosting a fete, or putting the finishing touches on any personal space. Even the store surroundings resonate with this eclectic theme. The flagship sits in a former industrial building based in Punavuori, one of Helsinki’s trendiest neighbourhoods. At the café, eager shoppers can enjoy homemade as well organic options in well-appointed spaces throughout the store. Affectionately dubbed ‘Moko’, this store is one of my favourite spaces in Helsinki. It works on so many levels.
For dilettantes, it offers a wonderful ‘tasting menu’ with a well thought out selection of styles and influences to get started on a first home; and for connoisseurs it’s an easy resource to replenish low supplies.
Best of all Moko is parent friendly. The entrance is wide enough to fit a double stroller, with ramp access to the lower level within its widely spread interior. In addition to the general café seating, there are several alcoves available – intimate spots perfect to soothe a little one, or to enjoy a morning latte while temperate music plays overhead. And while there isn’t too much space for your toddler to runabout, there is a wooden hut that she can explore while you catch up on some personal time. All in all the makings of a good day.
Moko Market Café & Store; Perämiehenkatu 10, +358 10 315 6156, moko.fi
Tips & Perks
Price – moderate
Atmosphere – kid-friendly, relaxed, casual dining
Changing table available; Training potty available
Age appropriate from 0 years
Stroller access – generous the doors are broad enough to fit a double stroller with relative ease, and there is a wide ramp providing access to the lower level. Although most of the store is evenly spaced, there are some areas that are tight even for a single stroller. Not to worry though, the staff are friendly and if it’s not too busy they can keep an eye on your little one while you grab that extra cup.